Growing old can bring challenges, both for the person who’s ageing and for their family. It can be frustrating for our loved ones because they can’t do everything they used to and feel like they’re losing their independence. At the same time, it might be worrying for their family as they might not be able to be there whenever their loved ones need them.
At Home Instead, we’re on a mission to help the UK population to age well by allowing seniors to stay at home whilst receiving high-quality, dignified older person’s care, whatever their situation.
How to react to ageing
As your parent becomes older, you may spot a few strange changes in their habits. They might start to forget appointments, eat or drink less often, take more time to walk to the supermarket, or their eyesight and hearing might deteriorate. These common conditions of ageing can be a good sign that it’s time to get some extra help in the house.
Having this conversation is not always easy as your loved one might see this as the first step to losing their independence. However, it is very important to start talking about care sooner rather than later to keep your options open. Listening to your parent and explaining that you want to help them keep doing the things they love should help you find the best solution for everyone.
If you’re worried that your loved one is starting to forget things too often, then take a look at our guide on how to spot the signs of dementia.
How elderly care at home can slow the process down
Most people associate care with residential care homes and the end of independence. However, there is the option to stay at home whilst receiving dignified, professional elderly care.
Some people have lived in the same house for decades and it can be heart-breaking to leave it for an unknown place that might not feel as welcoming. It can also be extremely confusing to move out for people living with dementia.
If your loved one is struggling with day-to-day tasks, feeling lonely or needs someone to take them shopping or attend medical appointments, they don’t need to leave their house or go into care. They just need someone they can count on to provide care when it’s needed. That’s exactly what we do at Home Instead. We provide bespoke, flexible older person’s care that’s dignified thanks to our compassionate, friendly CAREGivers.
We’ve found that when you start providing help at home to older people, it can help prevent accidents and delay the need to move out of their own house. Our CAREGivers build a strong relationship with the person they visit which allows them to spot any changes in their behaviour and take the necessary actions to prevent the situation from getting worse.
Discover our care solutions for elders
At Home Instead, we’re convinced that ageing doesn’t have to be a challenging time and we’re determined to help you age well. Learn more about our wide range of elderly home care services or contact your local Home Instead office to discuss how they could help you.